How to Treat a Bump Behind Cat’s Ear?


Felines are especially prone to skin diseases. The causes can be various: infections, injuries, allergies, other factors. Upon detecting a pimple behind your cat’s ear, you should not hesitate to contact the veterinarian for treatment recommendations.

Types of Bumps

Types of possible bumps and neoplasms behind cats’ ears are:

  • Ulcers, which is a type of pimples, in which the inflammatory process develops. These formations can be due to injuries got in the process of combing or for other reasons. It may also be a result cracked skin tissue.
  • An abscess is a cavity filled with infected fluid. Has larger size and stronger inflammation than boils. The skin turns red and hot around the bump. Upon incision and drainage of an abscess, a deep wound is formed, which cannot heal on its own. The main danger of an abscess is possibility of infiltration of the infection in the blood stream and, consequently, development of sepsis.
  • Lipoma is a bump under the skin. It is characterized by mobility, that is, when pressed, the wen rolls under the tissue without causing pain and other discomfort to the animal.
  • Multiple small pimples, accompanied by redness, itching, swelling – those usually develop as a result of an allergic reaction.

Possible Causes of Pimples on the Cat’s Ear

  1. Allergic reaction or dermatitis. May develop for various reasons, be it intervention of external parasites (fleas, ticks) or reaction to plant pollen, fungi, bacteria, viruses, household chemicals, medicines;
  2. Injury. Rashes appear after a thermal injury, if the pet constantly licks the sore area or scratches it. This is a direct route to infection;
  3. Lipoma. A fatty tumor occurs due to hormonal disruptions or common aging. It is often found in senior animals.

Here is a list of specific symptoms that may accompany the appearance of a pimple on the cat’s ear.


In case of dermatitis, there may be severe itching, soreness, redness, small ulcers or even boils. In advanced stages, the cat may start shedding hair in patches. Allergic reaction is manifested by similar symptoms: itching, rashes, redness. Frequent accompanying symptoms are lacrimation, nasal discharge, sloughing of skin. Sometimes laboring breath, vomiting, fever, severe edema may also occur. With an abscess there is always inflammation of the skin, tumor development, general and local fever, soreness. purulent secretions ooze from the wound accompanied by heavy odor. Fatty tumor does not cause discomfort.

Photo of Bump Behind Cat’s Ear

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Before actually prescribing treatment recommendations, the doctor conducts a series of tests and manipulations and determines a diagnosis. These include anamnesis, external examination, and various tests. If a tumor is suspected, an MRI or X-ray is performed. Treatment measures when there is a bump behind cat’s ear:

  • Allergic reaction. Therapy begins with the elimination of an allergy-causing agent. For example, it is recommended to carry out regular moist mopping and air change with high sensitivity to dust. Food allergies require switching to a diet of to hypoallergenic food. In extreme cases, antihistamines can be prescribed: Tavegil, Peritol, Hydroxysin, Pipolzin. Veterinarians also advise to add vitamin complexes high in vitamin B7 when beginning a new diet, as well as immune-enhancing therapy. Shampoo with hydrocortisone is recommended to soothe itching.
  • Abscess. The veterinarian conducts incision and drainage of an abscess, treats the wound with an antiseptic, and if applicable, puts a drainage for the discharge of purulent secretes. Antibacterial drugs are also usually prescribed.
  • Lipoma should be carefully observed. If it starts growing in size, an operation shoud be performed. Tissue is sent afterwards to the laboratory to determine the nature of the tumor.
  • Dermatitis. If caused by parasites, they have to be eliminated first. For fungal and bacterial  lesions special ointments are administered.

Do not neglect treatment of a bump behind cat’s ear. It is recommended to bathe them with an antiseptic solution (Chlorhexidine, hydrogen peroxide, potassium permanganate) up to 4 times a day. After that apply prescribed ointment (Levomekol, Vishnevsky ointment).

Pimples in cats do not appear without a reason. The successful treatment largely depends on the timely elimination of the agent that led to the occurrence of the symptom in the first place. This requires accurate diagnosis in a veterinary clinic.


  1. Roger Christian Lett says:

    I have a black cat 15+
    he has tiny movable painless nodules behind his ear hardly noticeable

    i squeeze them and he enjoys that its hardly distinguishable from tangled fur but i think they are in subcutaneous fat

    am keeping a watch on him

    please advise Thankyou

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